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PLATE 1. T h e Garden House complex (m, ix) lies in the middle distance; one of the subsidiary entrances to its central courtyard is partially visible on the right, with its elaborate and striking brickwork. T h e facade of the Insula delle Pareti Gialle, with three sets of triple windows, is visible within the courtyard on the left. T h e courtyard's main gateway lies beyond this Insula. • S S . '•'• PLATE 2. T h e main gateway into the Garden House complex. T h e central passage originally had an arch over a flat brick lintel; the two side passages were later walled up. T o the right of this gateway is the door of the Insula delle Pareti Gialle (m, ix, 12). PLATE 3. T h e exterior facade of the Insula delle Pareti Gialle, facing onto the central courtyard. N o t e the subtle variations in the size and placement of its windows. T h e sills are about 1.5 m. above ground level. T h e door directly to the left of the facade had a staircase which probably went up to apartments above the ground-floor cenaculum. PLATE 4. A corner of the master bedroom of the Insula delle Pareti Gialle; the elaborate wall painting probably dates from ca. A.D. 180. The bright yellow field of this painted plaster gave the apartment its name. The plaster has been detached from the wall and remounted in order to protect it. PLATE 5. A view from the vestibule through the medianum to the doorway of the larger exedra. Note the remains of the barrel vault which originally covered the vestibule; the use of reticulate instead of brick in walls of lesser structural significance; and, to the left of the exedra doorway, the remains of a wall buttress. All interior walls were originally plastered. Sand protects the original floor-mosaics of these rooms. ^¾¾^¾ PLATE 6. The huge arched opening at one end of the larger exedra, with a small doorway into the alcove partially visible on the left. Before the alcove, a portion of the intricate mosaic pavement in the larger exedra; on the walls of the alcove, the yellow-field wall painting characteristic of this cenaculum . The slanted roof over the alcove is for protection and does not imitate the original roofing. PLATE 7. The Insula dell' Ercole Bambino (n, vi, 3); a view through the door of the larger exedra into the medianum, with the door to the smaller exedra in the background. The masonry used to carve two bedrooms out of the medianum is clearly visible on the right of the medianum, and the line of plaster shows these walls rising above their preserved height. This cenaculum also has an internal staircase to a mezzanine floor. PLATE 8. The "window wall" in the larger exedra of the Insula dei Dipinti (i, iv, 4). This wall had two tiers with three windows in each tier; the right windows are not visible. On the left, the doorway into the (one-storied) medianum is visible, and beyond it a doorway into the central garden. The Insula delle Pareti Gialle probably had a similar "window wall" in its larger exedra. ...

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ISBN
9781400855148
MARC Record
OCLC
55702269
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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